Newcastle manager Alan Pardew was asked about Demba Ba on Saturday and he wisely had little to say.
Demba Ba in action on Wednesday evening
It came out during a Harry Redknapp news conference on Friday that there was a a rumor of a buy-out clause in Demba Ba’s contract at Newcastle, and there was a distinct lack of class in Harry and the reporters discussing it openly in front of TV cameras.
And Alan has this to say about a story that was all the news on Saturday, with the player himself traveling to join up with the Senegal staff for the African Cup of Nations due to start on January 21st:
“I thought, listening to the conversation, that the media tripped him up a little bit, Harry.”
“You don’t want to end up talking about other players in the transfer window and I am sure he probably regrets that a little bit.”
“He’s a Newcastle player, he has been brilliant for us and that’s all I want to say, really.'”
Alan was right about Harry being tripped up a bit, because the Spurs manager was not the one to bring up the release clause, it was one of the reporters and Harry simply followed up by saying he had heard that rumor too.
And that clause has been widely reported on Saturday to be £10M, but we think that’s nothing more than a glorified guess by the press.
There have been several reports that Newcastle will now move quickly to offer Ba a new contract.
That would seem to be the best and easiest thing for Newcastle to do, but that may not be as easy as it sounds, because for one thing he’s off in Africa, and our concern is why was the release clause in the contract in the first place.
Usually it’s for the player’s benefit, that if a certain fee is offered then the club have to accept it, and in most cases the release clause plays against the club who have the player, because they can usually can get a lot more for the player.
That was certainly the case when Newcastle got Yohan Cabaye at Lille, so we’re not too sure it’s as easy as is being reported.
Newcastle were quoted £12M for Cabaye a year before they got him last summer, and before they learned he had a release clause of €5M in his Lille contract, which the Tyneside club activated.
However, with nothing coming from the Newcastle club, we would assume there is some clause in Ba’s contract and we trust that Newcastle will do all they can to remedy the situation.
Newcastle are getting themselves into a very strong financial position, and they will need money coming in from big transfers out of the club less and less.
It will now become important for Newcastle to build a top side so the club can again enter into European competition and bring more money and prestige into the club that way.
We almost think that could be what Mike Ashley thinks too.